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Rocks sweep Bay for Division 8-4A baseball title
By Echo staff
Apr 14, 2017, 17:27

The Region 8-4A chamion St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws Baseball Team.

The regular season has drawn to a close. The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws used timely hitting and stellar pitching to sweep a pesky tribe of Tigers from Bay High this past week. The sweep gave the Rocks (14-9, 8-2) the Division 8-4A title.
The Rocks got a 13-3 decision at home on Tuesday and received a 10-0 decision on Wednesday to claim the division title.
In Tuesday's game, the Rocks scratched two runs in the bottom of the first as Sonny Valentine reached on a fielder's choice and scored when Levi Knight batted him around on his single. Trace Rhodes was a courtesy runner for Knight and stole second. He later scored on a past ball to make the score 2-0 Rocks.
But, before the runs scored, in the top of the first inning SSC second baseman JD Rutherford took a shot on his nose from a ball that skipped on a throw down. After a brief intermission to stop the bleeding and change ofuniform to remove blood, Rutherford returned to finish the game with a shiner and all.
In the top.of the second, Dillon Folse hit a screamer down the first base line that was somehow stopped by SSC'S Nick Hertz for the out. It was a solid hit ball by Folse and an amazing stop by Hertz to highlight the inning.
The Rocks added two more runs to make the score 4-0 in the bottom of the second. Jack Putnam tallied a single. He was driven home by Nick Areng who later scored on Brendan Logan's double.
Magruder O'Bannon singled for the Rocks in the bottom of the third inning and Taylor LaFontaine came in as a courtesy runner. He scored on a past ball to make the score 5-0.
The Tigers (13-9, 4-6) came alive in the top of the fourth inning when Gage Kiser led the frame off with a double followed by a single from Dalton Dore.
Folse approached the box and in one swing took a pitch that was left high for a ride over the right field fence for a three-run homerun that made the score 5-3.
The Rocks retaliated in the bottom half of the frame and put up four runs to make the score 9-3.
Areng reached on an error followed by Logan on a single. Valentine drove in Areng and Logan scored on a throwing error. O'Bannon drove in Valentine and Hertz followed with a double that scored Lafontaine.
In the bottom of the sixth, two consecutive walks by Knight and O'Bannon and a single from Hertz painted all the bases red and black.
Putnam had an RBI single to make the score 10-3. Ian Wadsworth collected an RBI fielder's choice for an 11-3 lead. Areng ended the game with a two-run double that made the score 13-3.
The Rock's were led by winning pitcher Knight who had four strikeouts and allowed three hits on just 78 pitches. At the plate, SSC was paced by Logan with four hits, Hertz with three and O'Bannon and Putnam with two each. Valentine, Areng and Knight all had one.
The Tigers were led by Kiser and Dore with hits followed by Folse with the round-tripper.
On Wednesday evening, the two teams met again with SSC coming out on top 10-0.
The Rocks (14-8, 8-2) jumped out to a 4-0 before they erupted for five runs in the fifth inning. The Rocks added one more in the sixth to make the final score.
Bay High head coach Kevin Burdine commented, "SSC was able to get timely hits and string them together. We could not string the hits together. In the first game, we got right back into the game with Dillon Folse's homerun but we GA e them the momentum right back. Levi Knight filled up the zone and threw well on Tuesday and Nick Hertz kept us off balance on Wednesday.
The Tigers were paced by Folse, Goscinski and Dore all with one hit each.
The Rocks were led by Logan with three hits, Valentine and Knight with two and Hertz, Putnam and Rutherford all with one. Knight had four RBIs in the game.
Hertz was the winning pitcher allowing three hits and fanning 10 batters.
SSAC head coach Mark Logan stated, "It started off with pitching and both Levi Knight and Nick Hertz gave us chances to win the games on the mounds. They both threw well and kept their offense limited. At the plate, we swung the bat well. We were able to put together hits throughout the series and get runs across."
Pass Christian (10-14, 4-5) fell to Vancleave in eight innings 1-0 on Tuesday. Logan Webb and Jansen Switzer both had hits for the Pirates.
The Hancock Hawks (5-18, 0-10) were swept by the Gulfport Admirals this past week.
On Tuesday the Hawks dropped their game 12-0 as they committed seven errors.
In the game, the Hawks were led by Michael Marie, Matt Chighizola and Lane Ladner with hits.
The Hawks dropped Thursday's game 11-5.
Landon Jordan led Hancock with two hits including a homerun and three RBIs.
In recent softball action, the Lady Pirates of Pass Christian defeated Bay High 4-2.
Pass Christian was led by Michaela Six, Amber Funderburk, Briana Smith and Brooke Roach with hits. Funderburk had a homerun. There were no game details for Bay High.
The Hancock Lady Hawks (8-10, 4-2) dropped their game with Harrison Central 15-0 and St. Martin 7-6. Game details were not available.
In upcoming baseball action, the Bay High Tigers travel to Poplarville today. At press time, the Tigers were awaiting the outcome of the Pass Christian/Vancleave game to determine their fate for the post season. The Hancock Hawks have ended their season. The Rocks hit Ocean Springs Monday and await a first round playoff opponent next weekend.
In upcoming softball action, the Bay High Lady Tigers host OLA on Monday and Forrest County AHS on Tuesday. The Hancock Lady Hawks await a playoff opponent on Friday. The OLA Crescents are awaiting their outcome for the postseason as of press time.
See you at the games!


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